Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Why "Politics" Work So Well - Pearls Before Swine

Pearls Before Swine

I believe in voting...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rights vs Privileges - Ext. of the Prop 8 Discussion

A friend of mine posted a blog post that discusses the difference between rights and privileges and how it relates to the Prop 8 discussion.

I think most readers of this blog will find his points interesting and rather than steal ALL his good ideas (after typing my blog title I noticed how similar it was to his) here is a link to his blog post:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Overturn of Prop 8

Was our system of government designed to allow 1 singular judge to overide the votes of millions?

This post isn't about gay marriage, but about the power we give one judge and the role of democracy in America. What role does democracy have in America? Is it only there to elect officials? If so, why do non-elected officials have power to change the policy created by millions?

I've been thinking for some time about what role judges are supposed to play in America? Their role is loosly outlined in the constitution and has been outlined in more detail mostly by the judges themselves.

We know federal judges are there to balance the power of the legistlative and the executive branch of government. But now it seems that they don't balance, they trump.

The only way to trump the supreme courts of the land is for the other two branches of government (who have enforcement power) and the people to ignore their rulings. This has happened before, but I think now we see the federal judges as the highest power in the land and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

But I could be wrong.